Top 7 Family Friendly Dogs

Top 7 Family Friendly Dogs

What makes the perfect family friendly dog with hundreds of dog breeds to choose from, how can you be sure you're adopting the right one for your family? Doing research ahead of time is sure to help you pinpoint the breed that will fit right in with your brood. Find out if you're barking up the right tree with this list of the 7 most family-friendly dogs.

 1. Labrador Retriever

This is one of the most popular dog breeds, and for good reason—the Labrador Retriever is playful, patient, loving, protective, and reliable. Another perk—Labs are highly intelligent, and take well to training. They require a lot of exercise (they love swimming!), so be sure your family is up for the challenge, and a little extra room for them to run around and play in would be optimal.

2. French Bulldog

French bulldogs are sure to steal your family's heart. One thing that makes them a good family dog is that they're friendly to everyone.Most are also pleasant with outside visitors and compatible with other pets, which makes them the perfect fit for a busy, social family.

3. Boxer

Just nickname these medium-size dogs "Old Faithful," since they're known for being especially loyal. According to the American Kennel Club, their actual name comes from the 19th century, when boxers were bred to dogfight and would stand on their hind legs to "box." Today these dogs are popular with families everywhere for their protective, patient nature with children.

4. Beagle

The Beagle’s small size (they can easily be carried!) and calm temperament make him a great choice for families, and if your kids love the outdoors, this breed will fit right in, since there’s nothing they love more than exploring outside and taking to the trails. Beagles were originally kept as hunting dogs, and their sturdy build means they’re never too tired to play games

5. Poodle

Besides their often-distinctive haircuts, the Poodle also happens to be a very smart and gentle dog. The breed is available in both miniature and standard sizes, meaning you can choose the specific Poodle size that best matches your living environment. They’re great for kids with allergies, as they shed very little.

6. Golden Retriever

If your family wants a friend for life, the golden retriever is your guy (or gal).This breed is incredibly popular with families and is often viewed as the quintessential American pet (sorry, Lassie), thanks to its gentle, playful nature and eager-to-please attitude.

7. Collie

With a variety of breeds classified as Collies, such as the Border Collie and Bearded Collie, your options for this family friendly pup are not only limited to the classic “Lassie” dog, a Border Collie, but we'll focus on that type of Collie here. Collies are a gentle and predictable breed, rarely misbehaving and easily trainable—which is perfect for families that are unfamiliar with dogs. Collies get along great with children and love to please their owners and protect their family.

What is your favorite type of dog? Comment below!!

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1. Top 10 Family-Friendly Dogs, By Jen Jones Donatelli, Jan 20, 2015
2. The 10 Best Dogs for Kids and Families, PetMD


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